The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI 90.1: Marsalis and The Planets, Dec. 17 at 1 PM

Dec 15, 2017

This Sunday at 1 pm, WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast brings to the airwaves another sensational violinist, Nicola Benedetti, who joins the Philadelphia Orchestra in her subscription debut for a performance of the jazz-inspired Violin Concerto of Wynton Marsalis. Cristian Măcelaru conducts.

Wynton Marsalis has emerged as the preeminent figure in jazz today, and as trumpeter, composer, bandleader, educator, impresario, and tireless advocate, he continues to search for ways to challenge himself, and to reach new audiences.

Wynton Marsalis and Nicola Benedetti onstage with Cristian Macelaru after the performance.
Credit Luigi Beverelli

Forging imaginative paths that connect jazz and classical idioms, the concerto was written for Ms. Benedetti, who gave it its premiere in London in 2015.

After intermission, it’s Gustav Holst’s popular astrological suite, The Planets—complete with offstage chorus, the women of the Westminster Symphonic Choir providing the ethereal voices in the final Neptune movement!

WRTI's Susan Lewis speaks backstage with Philadelphia Orchestra tubist Carol Jansch and guest conductor Cristian Măcelaru.

Not to be missed! That’s Sunday, December 17th from 1 to 3 pm on WRTI 90.1.


Marsalis: Violin Concerto

     Nicola Benedetti, violin


Holst: The Planets      

The Philadelphia Orchestra

     Cristian Măcelaru, conductor

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts, every Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1, streaming online at, and on our mobile app! Listen again on Mondays at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a proud sponsor of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts on WRTI 90.1. Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection is on view through February 19, 2018